Blue Ribbon Brasserie
97 Sullivan St [Sullivan btw Spring St & Prince St)
New York, NY
Should you try? Absolutely
I finally made it out to Blue Ribbon Brasserie (Note: There are several restaurants under the Blue Ribbon name) and came away very impressed. A lot of new restaurants are taking unique approaches to food preparation and presentation, but I’ve found some of these restaurants fall short on flavor. Blue Ribbon is an exception.
The menu is innovative, offering unique food and combinations. You won’t see your everyday restaurant specializing in bone marrow and having an entrée of sweetbreads, but Blue Ribbon’s menu is bold and I loved that.
Everyone must try their Beef Marrow & Oxtail Marmalade ($16.75) appetizer. That oxtail marmalade was the star of the dish, something hard to accomplish when you’re up against the fatty, richness of bone marrow. The marmalade tasted like a reduced oxtail stew and was a great accompaniment to the bone marrow. Spread it on the toast and you have a base of rich oxtail with a slight hint of sweetness. Top it off with the deliciousness that is bone marrow and knock your taste buds away.
I would also recommend the Fried Oysters ($18.50 for 6) appetizer to start. The oysters were nicely breaded and fried and were served on top of greens mixed with horse radish. You get all the flavors of normal raw oysters, just in a different medium.
For entrees, I split the Sweetbreads (arugula, wild mushrooms and carrot; $29.75) and Rack of Lamb (spinach, potato cake, thyme; $34). Both were really tasty, and I think it was a good idea to share since the sweetbreads are so rich and heavy. I don’t think I could eat the whole plate by myself, but it’s definitely worth trying. If you’ve never had sweetbreads, which are usually cow thymus, I would describe the texture between foie gras and a scallop. It has this fatty, yet meaty texture, and is incredibly rich. Meanwhile, the rack of lamb was cooked perfectly and was extremely tender.
I highly recommend Blue Ribbon Brasserie, but do take into consideration they only take reservations for tables of at least 5 people (max 8).